I would recommend the horror version, and if you really don’t like it try the non-horror one. If you could deal with the angler fish in the main game you should be fine, and it’s not gory or anything. Outside of what the horror setting does, the whole DLC has a general creepy and unsettling tone.
One of the best bits of seemingly organic horror I’ve ever experienced in a game, when I turned off the candles in the alien mansion, not knowing that I’d released one of them. Seeing those eyes across the wooden bridge at the bottom… Damn.
Making a bit more progress now, was finding it very obtuse for a while there.
The sound design is absolutely impeccable. Love how my perception of the owl wankers changed from ‘they’re probably friendly like the last lot of aliens’ to the opposite of that before I even met them.
I think I thought pretty early on that I needed to kill my physical body somehow, I just couldn’t think of how to do it. I explored so many random different options before I realised that the weird green fire was still… hot burny fire.
Man. I had so many negative feelings throughout my time with this DLC. Now all I can think about is how (literally) awesome it was. So many jaw dropping moments that more than make up for the irritations when you take it all together. Just like the main game then.
It might have stuck with me even more than the main game. I don’t think I’ve played anything else with quite the same atmosphere. That ending is beautiful but really bittersweet. Especially when you realise you’ve only done that in one loop out of millions. I’d recommend redoing the main game ending at some point, it gets changed a bit after doing the DLC. And look around when you get onto the Eye for a nice bit of attention to detail.